Remember when President Trump and the White House first began talking about hydroxychloroquine? Our Commander in Chief boasted about its possibilities to save lives, and yet, due to a small study found on the drug, mainstream media and the left abandoned the idea. However, it has just been found out that the research and the company that authored it is likely a scam.
When news of a worldwide outbreak of an unknown disease came to our shores, experts from everywhere quickly endeavored to find a cure, vaccine, or at the very least, a treatment that might save lives. And it wasn’t long before information was discovered that the antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine, in combination with Z-pak, might be used effectively for just that purpose.
However, the information that suggested this was for the most untested on a wide scale and, therefore, required further trials and studies. Several large companies thus began such trials. Solidarity, the World Health Organization’s research on all things COVID-19 related, was one of those.
But then, news that Surgisphere, a little-known analytics company, had already completed a study on the drug was released. And it wasn’t good news for the drug.
The study claimed that they had gathered information from about 600 hospitals worldwide about hydroxychloroquine, all of them suggesting that it wouldn’t work. But not only that, the data indicated that it could even be deadly.
The owner of Surgisphere, Dr. Sapan S. Desai, then used this data to write several papers that were soon published in prominent medical journals such as The Lancet.
“A study published on 22 May in The Lancet used hospital records procured by a little-known data analytics company called Surgisphere to conclude that coronavirus patients taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine were more likely to show an irregular heart rhythm – a known side effect thought to be rare – and were more likely to die in the hospital.”
News of the study spread quickly throughout the world, causing many to doubt the effects of the drug or simply abandon it. Studies being done on the drug, such as the above-mentioned one by Solidarity, were immediately halted.
And as they always do, the media latched on, eager to criticize President Trump and his staff for suggesting something that could cause additional deaths.
But last week, a group of about 100 scientists and doctors wrote a letter to Lancet asking for additional data on the study. In their research, they had noticed some inconsistencies with the data provided by Surgisphere and, therefore, asked that the small company provide their full notes and findings. Desai initially refused, defending his company’s accuracy, only to release it later.
And based on those findings and other “publicly available” information, the entire study, as well as the company, has basically been reduced to a scam.
After all, how well can anything that comes from a company which only has six employees, one of which is a science fiction author while another is an adult model, be all that accurate?
As The Guardian reported on Wednesday, “A search of publicly available material suggests several of Surgisphere’s employees have little to no data or scientific background. An employee listed as a science editor appears to be a science fiction author and fantasy artist. Another employee listed as a marketing executive is an adult model and events hostess.”
The Guardian further notes that “Surgisphere claims to run one of the largest and fastest hospital databases in the world,” and yet it has virtually “no online presence.” Its Twitter account has less than 170 followers and no posts between October 2017 and March of this year. In addition, according to the company’s LinkedIn profile, it has “fewer than 100 followers.”
Neither does the “get in touch” link work on the company’s website. Instead, the link takes visitors to a cryptocurrency site.
And last week, after questions of the study’s accuracy came to light, the number of employees listed on the social media site dropped from six to three.
The Guardian also noted that Desai, the company’s owner, has a total of three known malpractice suits filed against him.
All of this seriously questions the legitimacy of not only the company but obviously anything that they have put forth as fact. If they can’t be honest about who and what they, why would they have any reservations about lying about a life-saving drug so that Trump looks bad?
What’s even worse than this false company making up fraudulent studies, is that the media and entire left were so quick to run with it.